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Georgia election law provision lambasted as Democrats allowed to run midterm despite legal challenges


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A Georgia judge has refused to block part of a state election law that blocks people from distributing food and water in parts of voting lines.

The section received considerable attention when the state legislature considered its election overhaul bill last year. On Thursday, a judge told voting rights groups challenging the provision that it would remain in place while cases are pending.

Georgia’s election law limits when and where voters can be approached on election day.
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Thursday’s decision means the restriction will be in effect during crucial Peach State midterm election contests, which feature a Senate contest that could end up swinging control of the upper house.

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Activists have denounced the election bill as an attempt to suppress voters, with President Joe Biden calling it “Jim Crow 2.0”.

Several groups called the food and water supply inhumane. However, the law is specific about where food and water distributions are prohibited. The bill also clarifies that the section is designed to prevent the solicitation of votes “in any manner.”

Georgia election law provision lambasted as Democrats allowed to run midterm despite legal challenges

Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker and Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock
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No one may offer gifts, distribute campaign materials, offer food and drink, or ask anyone to sign petitions “within 150 feet of the outside edge of any building in which a polling station is established; in any polling station; [or] within 25 feet of any voter queuing at any polling station,” the bill states.

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The state argued it was too close to an election to make changes to the law.

U.S. District Judge JP Boulee appeared to agree with the state that it would be inappropriate to make changes to the law so close to November, but said the matter was not settled.

Georgia election law provision lambasted as Democrats allowed to run midterm despite legal challenges

Gov. Brian Kemp, R-GA, speaks at election night after winning renomination to be the Republican nominee for governor.
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Although Boulee agreed that the plaintiffs brought their case in a timely manner, he was swayed by a desire to ensure that the rules for all elections in this cycle were uniform.

He said different rules in November than those in place in primary elections earlier this year could confuse election workers, further undermining corroded confidence in the election.

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“While there is evidence on the record that an order enforcing the ban on food, drink and gifts in the additional zone might not be the most complex change the election officials may have had to implement in the run-up to an election, there is significant evidence that an injunction would harm the state’s interests in avoiding voter confusion, maintaining a smooth and orderly electoral process, and promote trust in this process,” he wrote.


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